August 2 - 18 -- This show has closed. Thank you all!
Shakespeare in the Park
Much Ado About Nothing
A summertime family tradition... Bring your blanket, a picnic, and prepare to laugh.
Directed by Amanda Steurer
Love and jealousy run amok when a group of soldiers return victorious from the wars only to discover
that it’s much harder to triumph in the battle of the sexes!
A raucous outdoor romp for the whole family.
Shakespeare in the Park -- a Port Townsend summer
tradition -- is presented in historic Chetzemoka Park by the sea.
"Audience falls in love with "Much Ado About Nothing"... [It] strike[s] a perfect balance – eliciting sidesplitting laughter... and drawing sighs with moments of intimate romance... Jeff Allen Pierce (as Benedick) undoubtedly steals the show... Director Amanda Steurer could not have paired him with a better Beatrice than Amy E. Sousa... Don’t let summer pass without taking in this production."
-- Megan Claflin, P T Leader Full Review...
"...gets a rollicking treatment... finds all the laughs... Jeff Allen Pierce is a marvel of energy, comic timing and leading-man chutzpah that had the crowd eating out of his hands... a ton of laugh lines."
-- Michael Moore, The Kitsap Sun Full Review...
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There is always plenty of walk-up seating available at Chetzemoka Park.
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Location: Chetzemoka Park, Jackson & Blaine Streets, Port Townsend.
Time: About two hours, including one intermission
Ages: For the whole family
Beatrice -- Amy E. Sousa
Benedick -- Jeff Allen Pierce *
Hero -- Emily Huntingford
Claudio -- David Traylor
Ursula -- D.D. Wigley
Don John -- Eric Newman *
Borachio -- Sam Cavallaro
Dogberry -- Charlie Bethel *
Verges -- Rosie Lambert
Conrad/Friar -- Mark Valentine
Antonio -- Henry Feldman
Don Pedro - Hewitt Brooks *
Margaret - Rosaletta Curry
Leonato - Doug Taylor
Boy - Caleb Wilson
Watchman -- Jim Guthrie
Watchman -- Joey Ripley
Watchman -- Austin Davis
Sound Design - Adam Matthew
* Performing by Special Appearance Agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
Director -- Amanda Steurer
Set Designer - Terry Tennesen
Costume Designer - Colleen Dobbin
Trysts between lovers -- the battle of the sexes --
-- Deception, Love, and Marriage --
All in one evening!
All at Port Townsend’s waterfront Chetzemoka Park!
For three weekends this August, Key City Public Theatre presents Shakespeare's “Much Ado About Nothing.” in the magical, outdoor setting of Port Townsend's waterfront Chetzemoka Park.
“Much Ado” is the theatre's annual Shakespeare in the Park Production, a richly staged, family-friendly event that has become a beloved summer entertainment tradition in this Victorian Seaport and Arts Community on Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
Love and jealousy run amok when a group of soldiers return victorious from the wars only to discover that it’s much harder to triumph in the battle of the sexes. “Much Ado” stars Seattle actor Jeff Allen Pierce as Benedick (Twelfth Night, The Big Bang), and Amy Sousa (The Eight) as Beatrice, two lovers who love to hate and hate to love, but don't worry: it all works out in the end! Court intrigue, near-tragedy, witty repartee, some mistaken identity, and royal romancing spice and propel this robust and raucous comedy.
Written around 1599, “Much Ado About Nothing” features two romances and a crime involving young lovers and a conniving prince, played by Seattle actor Eric Newman. As in all of Shakespeare comedies, of course it ends in marriage and reconciliation.
“I wanted to direct a play about love,” says director Amanda Stuerer, “young love, versus older, mature love. Love that confuses. Love that transcends.”
“Much Ado” is being produced everywhere this year, it seems. In addition to the Joss Whedon film, it's running at many, many venues across the English-speaking world. From the U.K.'s Old Vic and The Globe to Williamstown to San Fransisco's Old Globe to Barrington Stage, among many, many other prominent theatres. It is as though “Much Ado About Nothing” is in the zeitgeist these days. Director Steurer explains, “It could have been written yesterday. It's got modern themes, accessible language, banter-y dialogue, and we're all really curious about the role of love right now.”
Also starring in “Much Ado About Nothing,” as Hero, Emily Huntingford (Macbeth, Woyzeck); as Claudio, David Traylor (Twelfth Night); as Leonato, Doug Taylor (Twelfth Night, Heartbreak House); as Dogberry, Charlie Bethel (Twelfth Night, Tempest) and as Borachio, Sam Cavallaro in his eighth consecutive season at Shakespeare in the Park (Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Tempest, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew).
Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the grass and to dress warmly for when the sun goes down. Picnic fare is welcome and a concession stand with light refreshments will be available, with proceeds going toward Key City Public Theatre's Scholarship Fund. For those with limited mobility, golf cart transport from the park entrance at Jackson and Blaine Streets down the hill to the performance venue will be provided by Discovery By Golf Club.
“Much Ado About Nothing” is sponsored by Sunshine Propane and runs August 2-18 at Chetzemoka Park in Port Townsend. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are by suggested donation of $18-$20 or $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased by calling KCPT at 385-5278 or by visiting www.keycitypublictheatre.org.
KCPT's 2013 season sponsors are Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar and SOS Printing.
Key City Public Theatre is funded in part by a generous grant from the Port Townsend Arts Commission.
Friday – Sunday — Aug. 2 - 4
Friday – Sunday — Aug. 9 - 11
Friday – Sunday — Aug. 16 - 18
Key City Public Theatre presents “Much Ado About Nothing,” its annual Shakespeare in the Park production, directed by Amanda Steurer. The outdoor performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m. from Aug 2 to 18 at Chetzemoka Park, Jackson & Blaine streets, Port Townsend. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. Bring your own blankets or lawn chairs and dress warmly for when the sun goes down. Concessions are available. Advance tickets not necessary; Pay-What-You-Wish suggested donation of $18-$20 or $10 for students. For more info, call KCPT at 360-385-5278 or visit www.keycitypublictheatre.org.
Key City Public Theatre -- Denise Winter, Artistic Director -- Port Townsend, WA 98368 ----
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